Events

We are happy to announce that public events have resumed. We will continue to respect all public health guidelines.

2023 General Meeting Speakers

DateSpeakerTopic
January 24thAntonio ValenteGrowing Cut Flowers
February 28thPaul ZammitThe Joy of Growing Edibles in Your Garden
March 1111th Annual Seedy Saturday and Garden Show
March 28thSociety MeetingQ&A Night
April 25thRobert PavlisSelecting the Right Soil and Fertilizer
May 30thHeinke ThiessenHostas: Big and Small
June 29thSociety MeetingStrawberry Social / Trivia Night
July – AugustNo Meetings – Enjoy Your Garden!
September 26thKat Granger, Seeds of IMBOLCNatures Abundance – Grow Food, Save Seeds!
October 24thMike Parrish, The Hamilton and District Chrysanthemum & Dahlia SocietyThe Ins and Outs of Dahlia growing
November 28thSociety MeetingAnnual General Meeting & Potluck Dinner
DecemberNo Meeting – Happy Holidays!

The BHS will be there. Stop by and say hello.

Seedy Saturday Speakers Time Schedule

TIMESPEAKERTOPIC
10:30am – 11:30amSean JamesTalk Dirty
Soil and Things Living In It
11:45am – 12:45pmLorraine JohnsonGardens For Polinating Insects
Friends Not Foes
1:00pm – 2:00pmKen BrownGrowing Plants from Seeds
Dallying in the Dirt
2:15pm – 3:00pmJames GrahamGreat Tips on Growing
Great Vegetables

Speaker Details

Growing Cut Flowers
Antonio Valente, owner Antonio Valente Flowers https://antoniovalenteflowers.com/
January 24, 2023 – Topic Growing Cut Flowers

Antonio is a market gardener who grows a wide range of specialty and heirloom cut flower varieties and foliage. He employs small-scale/high-output techniques which allow him to grow on nothing more than half an acre. He deals exclusively in wholesale to high end floral shops in the downtown Toronto area. He is a regular contributor on CTV’s Your Morning. 

Paul Zammit Professor at Niagara College and international speaker
February 28, 2023 – Topic: The Joy of Growing Edibles in Your Garden

Paul believes that nothing feels better, and nothing tastes better, than fresh fruits and vegetables grown and picked from your very own garden.  Whether you have a traditional garden, a patio garden or even a balcony garden, Paul will draw on his years of experience and share his favorite tips and tricks on what, and how to grow your own delicious edibles this season.  

Robert Pavlis
April 25, 2023 Topic: Selecting the Right Soil and Fertilizer

Robert Pavlis is a well-known speaker, and educator with over 40 years of gardening experience. He is the author of several books, Building Natural Ponds, Soil Science for Gardeners and Garden Myths and publishes the popular gardening blogs; GardenMyths.com and GardenFundamentals.com. As the owner and head gardener of Aspen Grove Gardens, a six-acre botanical garden, he grows 3,000 varieties of plants.

Heinke Thiessen
May 30, 2023 Topic: Hostas: Big and Small

Marleanea and her partner at the Healing Arc https://www.thehealingarc.com/ pioneered the growing of the “super citrus fruit” sea buckthorn in Ontario.

Katherine Granger
September 26, 2023 Topic: Seeds of IMBOLC
Natures Abundance – Grow Food, Save Seeds!

Katherine Granger is a Master Gardener and Creator of Seeds of IMBOLC https://seedsofimbolc.ca/, in Fergus, Ontario, producing heirloom organic seeds, plants, dahlias and fresh/dried flowers. Her focus is on sustainability and sharing our intrinsic connection with nature through classes and/or workshops and social media.

Mike Parrish, President, The Hamilton and District Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society https://www.hamilton-mum-dahlia.com/
October 24, 2023 Topic: Growing Dahlias

Mike is an award winning dahlia grower with 20 years experience. He grows close to 400 varieties and exhibits at 5 different shows.

He is a Senior Judge with the American Dahlia Society and is Judging Chair of his local club.

His presentation will discuss the vast array of different types of dahlias based on size, form, and colour.   He will also provide an overview of the best growing  tips based on the time of year for optimal blooming and enjoyment in your gardens. 

Meeting Details

All regular meetings held at either the Flower City Bowling Club or the Flower City Seniors Centre start at 7:30 PM, with doors opening at 7:00 PM.

The General Annual Meeting starts at 6:30 PM, with doors opening at 6:00 PM.

Meeting events such as flower shows, mini-seminars, etc. are usually at 7:30 PM.

Flower City Lawn Bowling Club is Located at 8910 McLaughlin Rd S in Brampton. The October, November, January, February, March and April meetings are held here unless otherwise noted.

The Flower City Seniors Centre is located at 8870 McLaughlin Rd S in Brampton. The May, June and September meetings are held here in the Auditorium unless otherwise noted.